“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, “I repent,” you must forgive.’” Luke 17:1-4
Pay attention, be careful, it’s easy to judge others before assessing ourselves. If asked this question, “What known sins have you committed since our last meeting?”, how would you respond? You may have caused someone else to stumble; remember we are to do no harm! Have you repented? How do you hold others accountable? Do you only call them out or do you also call them up as well? Have you forgiven the repentant? O God, that I be more concerned with my own actions, that I turn from my sins, that I give forgiveness as much even more than I ask for it. That I truly turn from sin, sin against you, sin against others and sin against myself. O that I would have friends (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) who would call me out and lift me up, so that I could be closer to you by becoming more like Christ.